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D12: Mark Buehrle stands behind his Michael Vick comments

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Duk's Dozen is a selection of 12 morning-fresh links and items that will start your baseball news day off right. Got links? Send 'em here or via Twitter.

1. Though his original quotes were erased by Bud Selig's information minister, Chicago White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle(notes) stood by his controversial comments about Michael Vick when arriving at camp on Thursday.

Buehrle also addressed the charges of hypocrisy he's attracted since he couples being a dog lover with being an avid hunter in the offseason:

"Hunting is a sport," Buehrle said. "There are hunting stores out there. If that's illegal, shame on my dad and my grandpa and his grandpa. It's kind of been brought up throughout the history of America. The last time I knew dog fighting was a sport was never."

Though the White Sox are under strict orders from Kenny Williams to not create any in-house controversy, I'm sure that last quote will attract some scrutiny. Not that I disagree with him on the difference between the two, especially if you're hunting for food. Chicago Tribune

2. Jake Peavy(notes) is itching to become the first pitcher to return from a detached lat muscle, but the White Sox are willing to hold him back if need be. Sun-Times

3. If Peavy had his way, this is what his surgery would've looked like. Smells Like Mascot

4. STEW NEWS! David Brown is on the ground in Arizona and ready to start our month-long Spring Swing through the camps in the Cactus and Grapefruit Leagues. He'll be starting in a logical place: With the reigning World Series champs in Scottsdale, the San Francisco Giants. Follow his trip at @answerdave.

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5. The fallout to Cameron Maybin's(notes) tweet about Panda Express pales in comparison to the time that Goose Gossage said Joan Kroc was "poisoning the world with hamburgers." Union-Tribune

6. Looking for a good podcast to listen to this weekend? Check out my appearance with Dan Levy, where we talk about everything from Phillies season tickets to the state of the Mets. On The DL

7. A-Rod is moving his centaur paintings to a 3,600-square-foot bachelor pad on the Upper West Side. The deal is reported to be in the $6.5 million range. NYDN

8. "The Phillies have become the new 81-date Bruce Springsteen concert." Good Phight

9. Ryan Rowland-Smith(notes), Seattle Mariners fans and one good exit interview. Lookout Landing

10. Ousted skip Don Wakamatsu isn't going to blast the Mariners from his new position on the bench of the Toronto Blue Jays. Seattle Times

11. Sad news out of Scottsdale: Aubrey Huff(notes) has retired his rally thong. The Splash

12. Scotty McCreery has a chance to become the biggest high school player since Bryce Harper(notes) and his 1.04 ERA in his sophomore season is only part of the reason why. Hall of Very Good

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